Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)

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Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2: Directed by James Merendino. With Ben Schnetzer, Hannah Marks, Machine Gun Kelly, Sarah Clarke. A young punk’s odyssey.

“I donu0026#39;t know what happened to the writer/director between this and the original, maybe just age? Either way after having watched both back to back it is insane that they came from the same mind.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe first is both poignant and satirical, dripping with irony and original takes. The sequel is, bar some interesting ideas thrown in but never realised, simply a celebration of Punk and escapism. It lacks almost everything that made the original great. Even in the first 5 minutes you can tell the difference. Everything in the sequel is glamorised, there are touches of struggle, but mostly itu0026#39;s something to aspire to. The original starts off showing how crappy the lifestyle is and how false a lot of the philosophy is. There is a real sense of hopelessness and anarchy, whereas this film is basically saying u0026quot;yay, itu0026#39;s cool to be yourself!u0026quot;u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall there are things to like here and it works for a 12 year old to watch and want to emulate, but somehow the original is much more advanced despite being over 20 years old. It makes no sense, maybe it is supposed to be ironic. The original message seemed to be that everyone sells out in the end, and this could act as a meta proof of that, if so it is genius!”


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